The presence of officers in the aisles has a profound effect on students of color and those with disabilities, who, according to some studies and studies, are less likely to be severely punished for ordinary wrongdoing. behavior.
However, efforts to eliminate school resource officers face the same pushback as a broader national effort to reduce funding for police departments: resistance from the police themselves, which are often politically powerful, and concern from some parents and school officials removing officers could leave schools and students vulnerable.
In Oakland, Jumoke Hinton Hodge, a school board member, said that while he strongly supported the Black Lives Matter movement, he opposed efforts to remove district police officers. Those officials work better with teenagers than city police, who can be called to schools more often if the district doesn̵7;t have its own force, he said.
District officials have been training to prevent school shootings, Ms. Lee said. Hinton Hodge, and they responded to students who reported sexual abuse or were at risk of suicide. The proposal to eliminate the force felt in a hurry, she said, and left the district without an adequate safety plan.
“Are you here for the long haul, about a movement?” he asked. “Or are you in a moment?”
In New York City last week, hundreds of teachers and students marched in a protest calling for police to be removed from schools and replaced by a new crop of guidance counselors and social workers. Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to divert Police Department funding for social services for children, but so far has not shown a willingness to significantly reduce police presence in the aisles.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has rejected calls from the teachers’ union and others to remove officials from schools, saying they are required to provide security.
Both mayors control the school systems of their city. These are districts with elected school boards, which are more independent from other local government agencies, who are currently driving the wave of change.